On the road from Skagway, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Yukon.
We picked up my husband after his train ride, then continued to head for Whitehorse, stopping along the way to view the sights, as did busloads of tourists.
Perched high atop a tree, barely visible except as a lump against the sky, an eagle patiently waits for the fish thrown on the driveway for him every day by the staff and volunteers at Muktuk Kennels.
These dogs are so friendly they happily maintain eye contact with people, but don't try this without permission from a dog's owner because some animals see eye contact as a challenge. Here, this dog enjoys time with Marilyn.
Volunteers at Muktuk give the animals plenty of love. That's their job, along with feeding and walking and cleaning and other chores, and the dogs return their love in abundance.
When we told our friends Marilyn and Murd Nicholson we'd be in Skagway, Alaska on a cruise with Holland America, they offered to meet us at the ship and take us to Whitehorse, Yukon, where they live, so I'm happy to present these photos of northern skies for this week's edition of Skywatch Friday.
Dick chose to ride the historic White Pass & Yukon Railroad part of the way, because he'd never been on it before. I rode with Marilyn and Murd, and enjoyed the Arctic scenery from their car. After stopping to fetch Dick after his train trip, we carried on to Whitehorse, where we were treated to a brief tour of the city, including The Barber Shoppe, which is Murd's family-friendly hair salon located in the Westmark Whitehorse Hotel. Even if you don't need a haircut, you'll enjoy a tour of The Barber Shoppe just to see all the interesting things Murd has gathered in his years in the north.
The highlight of our day, however, was a visit to Muktuk Kennels where we all enjoyed playing with Frank Turner's friendly sled dogs. We saw an eagle waiting for the Muktuk volunteers to show up with the fish they gave him every day for lunch, and we learned about the 1,000-mile international sled dog race, the Yukon Quest (which Frank and his dogs have been known to win).
It was my second trip to Whitehorse and Skagway, but Dick's first, and we definitely agreed it was a wonderful day but much too short.
Photos by Kay Davies and Richard Schear
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